Sex abuse trial under way

The trial for Ole Ricardo Silva, 36, Minot, began Monday in the Ward County Courthouse in Minot. Silva is charged with gross sexual imposition and continuous sexual abuse of a child. Both Class AA felony charges stem from incidents that occurred in 2008.

If convicted, Silva will be given a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years for each offense, with lifetime supervised probation to follow after serving his sentences, according to chapter 12.1-20-03 of the North Dakota Century Code.

Jury selection took up much of the day Tuesday and the trial is expected to last until Friday.